Black Women of Brazil

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402 reported cases of racism in Carnaval of Salvador, Bahia, an 80% black city. Deputy mayor: "Salvador is indeed a racist city"


  Although Carnaval is generally looked upon as a time of joy, revelry and celebration, as this site and key black activists have pointed out, what  happens  during  Carnaval is  simply  a  representation … Continue reading

February 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Black beauty contest raises self-esteem of contestants in northwest Brazil: “I’ve heard that my color is ugly…Now I know that being black is much more than skin color", said one of the winners


Juliana, Paloma and Juliene, contest winners in 2011 The event is the only in the state to appreciate black culture. The 4th edition will be in December, the anniversary of … Continue reading

September 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

Feminist Vanda Menezes and the echoes of black resistance: "My feminism is black"


Echoes of black resistance in Serra da Barriga, in Alagoas (northeastern Brazil), land of Zumbi of Palmares*, run through the veins of Vanda Menezes, black militant and feminist activist for 30 … Continue reading

June 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Feminist Vanda Menezes and the echoes of black resistance: "My feminism is black"


Echoes of black resistance in Serra da Barriga, in Alagoas (northeastern Brazil), land of Zumbi of Palmares*, run through the veins of Vanda Menezes, black militant and feminist activist for 30 … Continue reading

June 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Black hair in Brazil: A revolution in the making


Gone are days when kinky/curly hair was synonymous with mistreated and laborious hair. Nowadays in Brazil, kinky/curly hair is increasingly associated with self-assertion, self-esteem, behavior and femininity. Mirella Santos   … Continue reading

May 18, 2012 · 1 Comment

Alexandre Pires is asked to provide an explanation for his “Kong” video that was condemned as racist and sexist


In a development that members of the Movimento Negro are calling a “victory”, a decision of the Federal Public Minister (Ministério Público Federal or MPF) answered the request of the Ombudsman … Continue reading

May 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

Alexandre Pires is asked to provide an explanation for his “Kong” video that was condemned as racist and sexist


In a development that members of the Movimento Negro are calling a “victory”, a decision of the Federal Public Minister (Ministério Público Federal or MPF) answered the request of the Ombudsman … Continue reading

May 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

In unanimous decision, Brazilian Supreme Court rules Affirmative Action policies are constitutional


The issue of affirmative action and quotas to increase access of Afro-Brazilians to Brazil’s finest universities has been a hotly debated topic in Brazil for the past decade. Entering Brazil’s rapidly … Continue reading

April 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

In unanimous decision, Brazilian Supreme Court rules Affirmative Action policies are constitutional


The issue of affirmative action and quotas to increase access of Afro-Brazilians to Brazil’s finest universities has been a hotly debated topic in Brazil for the past decade. Entering Brazil’s rapidly … Continue reading

April 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Seminar highlights black women’s health and unequal access to health care


As studies have proven, black women have less access to health care in Brazil. Surveys conducted by respected institutions like the Institute of Economic Research (IPEA – Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica) … Continue reading

April 16, 2012 · 1 Comment

Karen and Karina Ferreira: Representing black Brazilian beauty in the world of modeling, Part 2


The identical twins Karen and Karina Ferreira Flores, black girls, have the prospect of starting a career “in the commercial markets of Germany and Greece,” says Juliana Rife, International Mega … Continue reading

January 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Katleen da Cruz Conceição: specialist in black skin


One of the most respected when the subject is black skin, Dr. Katleen da Criz Conceição is the Ambulatory Head of Dermatology in Black Skin of the Federal Hospital in … Continue reading

January 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Katleen da Cruz Conceição: specialist in black skin


One of the most respected when the subject is black skin, Dr. Katleen da Criz Conceição is the Ambulatory Head of Dermatology in Black Skin of the Federal Hospital in … Continue reading

January 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

How I learned to accept my hair, Fernanda Alves*


Fernanda accepted her curls and started showing her looks on her blog The topic of hair has long been as issue and a hot topic of discussion in the African-American community. … Continue reading

January 9, 2012 · 2 Comments
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